Daily Routine & Learning Environments

Daily Routine

All Montecito classes and programs (including drop-in) have a routine that gives children the opportunity to make their own choices. This daily routine is predictable and promotes a sense of security and confidence, which allows children to engage more deeply in play and learning activities.

  • Opening Circle
  • Children’s Free Choice Activity Hour
  • Small Group Time
  • Bike Time
  • Large Circle
  • Hand Washing and Snack Time
  • Playground Time
  • Closing Circle

Learning Environments

It is our job as teachers to set up classroom and outdoor environments that are exciting and engaging so that each child feels safe and comfortable to explore, invent, think, imagine and try. We believe that, with a stimulating classroom environment and enthusiastic teachers, children will leave at the end of the day having learned more about themselves and the world around them.

  • Classrooms - Our classroom environments are divided into developmentally appropriate learning areas. Classrooms have at least six (6) learning centers: Blocks, dramatic play, science, listening/writing, circle/music and story/quiet corner. Large classroom windows let in natural light and expose children to the ever-changing skies and seasons of nature. Every day our curriculum includes culturally inclusive meaningful activities. The children learn about other cultures, animals and languages from around the world. Animal cages, terrariums, fish tanks and birdhouses can also be found inside each classroom or play yard.
  • Playgrounds - At Montecito, children walk through the gates and are transported into a natural wonderland, alive with the sounds of cooing doves and happy people. Outdoor activity is a fundamental part of curriculum at Montecito. Every classroom has its own large Playground. Our 2-acre campus is filled with trees, plants, animals and insects. Our playgrounds are outdoor classrooms with many activities to choose from. Our outdoor environment is accessible, safe and inviting to young children and everyday children are encouraged to learn and play with nature and animals on campus.